This chapter examines the interconnections between nineteenth-century German philosopher F. W. J. von Schelling’s Naturphilosophie or dynamics of nature coupled with the dynamics of the idea; Johann Wilhelm Ritter’s body; and the phenomenon of ultraviolet radiation. Following from these interconnections, it posits an ultraviolet ecology that would reveal the deeper dimensions of the seen by the unseen as well as expose unthought unseens and the possible connections between actualities already known. It shows historically and aesthetically how the connections and disconnections between thoughts, things, and thoughts and things is complicated in terms of an unseen connectivity of nature (Schelling’s speculative Naturphilosophie) and the apparent or visible discontinuity (Ritter’s body) of ecological practice (Ritter’s experiments).
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